Recognising and Responding to Acutely Unwell Individuals

Guardian Angels
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Recognising and Responding to Acutely Unwell Individuals

Course overview:

The "Recognising and Responding to Acutely Unwell Individuals" course has been meticulously crafted to equip healthcare professionals with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to promptly identify signs of acute illness in patients and adeptly respond to ensure timely and appropriate care. This course places a paramount emphasis on early recognition, holistic assessment, effective communication, and judicious interventions to enhance patient outcomes and forestall deterioration across diverse healthcare settings.

Course duration:

1 day (6 Hours)

Course content:

  • Assessing and recognising acute illness (ABCDE)
  • Sepsis 6 
  • Escalation, communication and handover
  • Professional, legal and ethical issues

Course objectives:

  1. Explain the Importance of Early Recognition:
    • Recognise the significance of promptly identifying acutely unwell individuals to improve patient outcomes.
  2. Familiarise with Common Signs and Symptoms:
    • Identify the typical clinical signs and symptoms associated with various acute illnesses or conditions.
  3. Develop Effective Assessment Skills:
    • Gain competence in conducting comprehensive and systematic assessments of acutely unwell individuals, considering physical, mental, and emotional aspects.
  4. Prioritise Urgency and Severity:
    • Summarise between urgent and non-urgent cases based on the severity of the individual's condition.
  5. Develop Effective Communication:
    • Develop communication skills to interact sensitively with acutely unwell individuals, their families, and other healthcare team members.
  6. Implement Appropriate Interventions:
    • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to initiate immediate interventions and provide basic care for acutely unwell individuals.
  7. Utilise Diagnostic Tools and Resources:
    • Learn to use diagnostic tools, guidelines, and resources to aid in the assessment and decision-making process.
  8. Understand the Importance of Documentation:
    • Recognise the significance of accurate and timely documentation in the care of acutely unwell individuals.
  9. Collaborate Effectively with Healthcare Teams:
    • Develop teamwork and interprofessional collaboration skills to ensure seamless care transitions and optimal patient outcomes.
  10. Implement Safety Measures:
    • Learn to maintain the safety and well-being of both the individual and healthcare providers during the assessment and response process.
  11. Stay Updated on Best Practices:
    • Stay informed about current evidence-based practices and guidelines for recognizing and responding to acutely unwell individuals.
  12. Simulated Practice Scenarios:
    • Engage in simulated scenarios and case studies to apply knowledge and skills in a controlled learning environment.

By the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to promptly recognize and respond to acutely unwell individuals, enhancing their ability to provide timely and effective care while improving patient outcomes and safety.

Course features:

  • Interactive classroom sessions: engaging classroom instruction led by experienced healthcare educators to facilitate understanding and skill development.
  • Practical demonstrations: hands-on, live demonstrations.
  • Skills practice: opportunities for participants to practice relevant procedures under the guidance of instructors.
  • Scenario-based training: real-life scenarios and case studies to enhance problem-solving skills.
  • Question and answer sessions: interactive discussions and q&a sessions to address participant inquiries and concerns.
  • Peer learning: collaborative learning among participants, allowing for the exchange of experiences and insights.
  • Safety protocols: emphasis on safety protocols, infection control measures, and adherence to healthcare guidelines.
  • Blended learning: all of our face-to-face training courses utilise the “blended learning teaching approach that combines traditional in-person classroom teaching with online digital learning activities. this aims to leverage the strengths of both face-to-face and online learning to create a more effective educational experience which promotes safe and confident practice. 

Target audience:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Allied Healthcare professionals
  • School and Education professionals

Assessment and Certification:

Participants will complete a number of assessments to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, these typically consist of written assessments, practical demonstrations, and scenario-based assessments.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a certificate to evidence their participation.


This course overview is a general guideline and can be customised to suit specific local requirements and preferences, therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements prior to making a booking.

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